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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Fri.-Sun., Nov. 22-24) -- Cowboys put up wet while largest audience of season tries to dry out from loss

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The weather outside was frightful, as was the Dallas Cowboys offense and the officiating during Sunday’s rain-drenched 13-9 road loss to the New England Patriots.

Safely nestled in their dry homes, though, D-FW viewers made it the season’s most-watched game, with an average of 1,645,987 total viewers for the mid-afternoon/early evening telecast on Fox. That edged the Cowboys’ home loss to the Minnesota Vikings on NBC’s Sunday Night Football, which drew 1,625,582 viewers.

Among advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-olds, though, Cowboys-Vikings remains at the top of the charts with 653,129 viewers. The loss to the Patriots came up significantly short of that number with 587,243 viewers in this key demographic.

In prime-time Sunday, NBC’s San Francisco 49ers-Green Bay Packers matchup easily outdrew ABC’s competing American Music Awards shebang despite being a mismatch. The game pulled in 510,120 total viewers while the AMAs lagged with 217,651.

It also was a rout among 18-to-49ers. Packers-49ers averaged 194,793 and the AMAs had 94,532.

Saturday’s biggest college football draw, Fox’s prime-time presentation of Oklahoma vs TCU, drew 292,469 total viewers. Fox also had a strong showing with the early-starting Ohio State-Penn State game, which was the runner-up with 244,858 viewers.

In Friday’s Nielsens, CBS’ 7 p.m. episode of Hawaii Five-0 led all TV attractions with 258,461 total viewers. The usual top draw, CBS’ Blue Bloods, settled for second with 231,254 viewers in the 9 p.m. hour.

Fox’s Friday Night Smackdown and Hawaii Five-0 tied as the most-watched among 18-to-49-year-olds with 45,834 apiece.

Here are Friday’s local news derby results, with only three weekdays now remaining in the November “sweeps.”

CBS11 ran first in total viewers at 10 p.m. while NBC5 drew the most 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 cemented its now firm grip on the 6 a.m. competitions with another sweep, and also ran the table at 5 p.m.

NBC5 had the most total viewers at 6 p.m. and shared the 25-to-54-year-old lead with Fox4.

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